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When Hassan Rouhani takes the stage at the United Nations General Assembly on Tuesday afternoon, it will be like no speech we’ve heard from Iran in almost a decade. The recently-elected Iranian president may or may not be a bona fide reformer but his language and gestures mark a profound change from the hostile histrionics of Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, who brought Iran and the West to the brink of outright conflict and provoked a round of sanctions that have isolated and wounded his country’s economy.

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